Saturday, November 22, 2008

I guess I'm feeling a little sulky today--

As I have written before-- I would draw and create images no mater what-- it is in my DNA. If I had no computer or paint, no paper I would scratch images into stone and trace contours in sand. I would search for images in clouds and find figures in the stars of a pitch black night. I am a story teller, it is just that my medium for telling stories are pictures instead of words.

I bring this up because my Mother has been visiting here for most of the week and one would think that I work in the porn industry by way my Mom reacts to my art. I am not going to rag on my mom and in truth few of the folks that I spend time with show much interest in my work . Most have rarely seen my art and only a few have expressed the desire. I can not help but get the feeling that most think what I do for a living is stupid. I don't think that is how my friends or family would put it ( they are overall very nice people), but, the notion of illustrating fantasy, sci-fi and horror seems to bewilder them. Even now when sci-fi and fantasy has become mainstream it is still seen as a childish pursuit, as somehow illegitimate for an adult occupation -- the stuff of pimpled faced teenage boys. This is in spite of it being a billion dollar industry-- with explosion of children's and young adult books, and the proliferation sci-fi, fantasy and horror publishers , computer games, collectible card games, role playing games, movies and the internet there probably has never been a time in history when speculative art has been in such demand and still I feel like I must somehow qualify or excuse what I am doing here-- I know that it might not change the world or bring peace to the middle east, but I am one of the few people I know that is truly happy with their career choice and I must say that I am very thrilled to be able to do this for a living.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Drive by Posting

Just want to do a quick little post just to let the world know that I am alive and well. My posting has really dropped off over the last couple of months--this due in equal parts to being super busy and the fact the the work I have been doing is all covered by NDA's and it will be a while before I can share any it here. I had just finished up a whole slate of projects and I am already booked up for work well into December. Right now I am Working on a Cover for an anthology of Lucy Snyder's stories to be published by Creative Guy Press, a Cover and a set of interior illustrations for Wrath of the River god to be published by Kobold Press, I am doing another T-shirt illustration for the good folks over at DKMC (see previous posts for the scoop on these guys). So it look like another month of sporadic posting at best.